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Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Celebration
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we cannot travel due to Elvie being in a brace post surgery, and so that meant that we were at home yesterday for Thanksgiving. We are so thankful to spend the day together that no matter what we do, we are bound to enjoy it. We had a lazy morning, a late breakfast, and then took a walk in Golden Gate Park before we came home for dinner. No one spent hours over a stove yesterday, and there was no turkey on our table. Because yesterday was not just Thanksgiving, it was also my birthday, and there was nothing I wanted more than for all of us to be able to relax and enjoy the day together. Because I am the only one in our little family who is capable of making a traditional Thanksgiving feast, we decided that we would order Chinese food instead so that I could enjoy my birthday with my family instead of spending most of it in the kitchen. It turned out to be a wonderful day together, and we were all happy with our unconventional feast. Here are photos of Elvie, enjoying the feast – and my birthday cake! – toddler style.
Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Celebration
Is it truly Thanksgiving without the usual Thanksgiving fare? Of course it is!
We have several Thanksgiving themed decor items, and they were all put out for the meal. This time, our turkey centerpiece took his place next to the lemon chicken instead of a platter of turkey or a bowl of mashed potatoes.
A Special Surprise
Elvie now gets three breaks from her big brace each day, and on Thanksgiving, my husband figured out how to get her into her usual chair while she was wearing her lighter brace system. We were all incredibly excited to have her in her usual spot.
Exciting new flavors!
When we placed the crab rangoon on Elvie’s plate, she got excited because it was new and different.
Does she like it?
The verdict is still out on the crab rangoon, but she tried licking it several times.
More choices? Yes!
We’d ordered Chinese food before, but it hadn’t been recently, so everything looked new to Elvie. She couldn’t decide what to try next.
Starting to get into it
It had been so long since Elvie had been able to sit at the table that she had to think hard to remember what to do.
Now she's getting goofy.
This is definitely “the usual” for Elvie!
Thrilled to be feeding herself
It makes her feel like dancing!
Dinner conversation is always pleasant.
And now she can see everyone she’s talking to and fully participate!
Noticing her new turkey placemat
Wait, those are her hands! On a turkey!
This year Elvie noticed all the special decorations.
She loves books about animals, and one of her favorite animal sounds (behind moo) is “gobble gobble gobble.” So of course she had to get a better look at our turkey centerpiece.
She thought she was done, but maybe not.
She’ll just take her plate back, thanks.
A few blueberries to top off the meal
Blueberries are her favorite, so we had some on the table, just in case she didn’t like the other foods. We needn’t have worried, as she enjoyed a lot of what we ordered, but she was happy to have the blueberries nevertheless.
Elvie gives a thumbs up to our celebration.
Plenty of food and plenty of good company – how could that be bad? It simply couldn’t be.
After all that food, Elvie needs a little rest.
How handy that there’s a cushion in her high chair! We thought we were putting it there just for extra stability, but she used it to its full potential.
Resting is over!
Time for fun!
Spoons on noses
It’s a challenging trick, but by next Thanksgiving, Elvie plans to have it down.
Even if you're done eating, you can always feed someone else.
Zinashi didn’t seem to mind!
Oh, look! A dessert plate!
Wait, who gave Elvie a ceramic plate? Probably someone who forgot that her nickname is still Baby Godzilla.
A plastic plate is much nicer if you’re planning to swipe someone else’s spoon and use it like a drum stick.
What is supposed to go on here?
Elvie heard it was my birthday, so she’s hoping for cake.
But now she’s not sure just how to approach eating it.
She's going to try just picking it up.
It’s a big piece of cake for a little girl, but she can do it.
Oops! Look what happened!
Who knew that chocolate ganache was so slippery?
Maybe she should work on a smaller bit.
The frosting flower looks like a good place to start.
A little help, perhaps?
Okay, she’ll take a little help. Just this once, though.
She'd like to try it herself again.
The spoon method is next. Will it work?
Fingers work best.
She is a toddler, after all. Fingers always work best when you’re a toddler.
She may need a little help cleaning her hands.
And face. And hair.
Perhaps she can clear her own plate?
That should be fine, right? There’s nothing messy about that…
She'll just help clean the table.
Someone took her plate, so it was the only way she found to help.
Why is she suddenly sitting so far away from the table?
Wasn’t she being helpful? She just doesn’t understand.
Despite the mess, our celebration was a success.
And Elvie’s smiling face proves it.